Category: Of Course

Mike Deasy’s racing column.

Who’s going to spend racing’s £40m?

Mike Deasy on the conundrum of who spends racing’s £40m government aid package  The devil will be in the detail on where racing’s £40m loan from the government will be heading. Early indications are that the racecourses...

Uncomfortable Times for the Jockey Club

Mike Deasy on The Times making life uncomfortable for the Jockey Club When the Jockey Club’s CEO, Delia Bushell, suddenly left the organisation, it was a story that went beyond the racing media due...

Owners association facing mounting pressure

Mike Deasy on the continued pressure faced by the Racehorse Owners Association after the poor response to its ownership strategy document If the Racehorse Owners Association thought their defence of its poorly received report...

It’s another wish list

Mike Deasy on the Racehorse Owners Association coming up with another wish list and not an action plan After criticism for seemingly dragging its heels, the Racehorse Owners Association has finally published its Ownership Covid...

Cheltenham hit by sponsor departures

Mike Deasy on sponsor departures from Cheltenham, bookie departures from Oddschecker and wealth departures in Ireland In another blow to the Jockey Club, Cheltenham is having to find two new sponsors for the Festival....

Betting shops to close – who knew?

Mike Deasy on some fake news about betting shops to close and the Racehorse Owners Association dragging its heels  “DEATH OF THE HIGH STREET BETTING SHOP” screamed a Daily Mirror headline. Who knew? But,...

So, what happens now with William Hill?

Mike Deasy on a likely purchase of William Hill by Caesars Casinos and what happens next for the British business Casino operator Caesars Palace appear to be in the driving seat to acquire UK bookmaker...

Covid measures illogical and damaging

Mike Deasy on sport suffering from the government’s new illogical and damaging coronavirus measures How can Newbury hold “pub in the paddock” events and Newton Abbot car boot sales, but neither venues can hold race...

Pat Smullen – a racing great

Mike Deasy pays tribute to Pat Smullen, applauds some up and coming trainers at the Irish Champions Weekend and welcomes TV coverage in Britain A year ago, I was at the Curragh for the...